New Mamelodi Sundowns wing-back Lyle Lakay has revealed why he settled down and adjusted well to his new role at Chloorkop.
The former Cape Town City midfielder says his ability to make runs down the left flank has helped him to adjust from operating as a natural winger to a wing-back position.
Moreover, the ex-Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United youth product says listening to Pitso Mosimane will help him move abroad and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Keagan Dolly and Percy Tau among others.
“When you play on the wing, it’s normally attack first and defence after," Lakay said, according to IOL.
“But in this position, it is the opposite, but for me, I think what helped me more is because I have the engine to go up and down. As a full-back, you want to support backward and forward,” he said.
“It was not a major adjustment, but I had to have the mindset that you defend first and attack afterwards," he added.
Although the 26-year-old has started in three of Sundowns 2018/19 matches in all competitions so far, he reckons he is not a regular as yet.
“I wouldn’t know whether I’ve cemented my place or not; that’s the coach's (Mosimane) decision," he continued.
"The season is long. So, I’ll probably share the workload with the rest of the guys. So far so good for me, but I can’t say much whether I’ll be a regular or not,” he added.
“But when you're talking of living up to expectations, I think I am at the right club now. If you look at the players that were here, they’ve gone to Europe - from Keagan Dolly, Bongani Zungu and recently Percy Tau,” he reacted.
“For instance, Dolly left the club, went to Ajax Cape Town, came back and then went to Europe. So, if I listen to the coach's instructions, I could be the player that I want to be," he concluded.